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Old 3rd June 2023, 04:05 AM   #161
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"Jedi" as a religion is absolute nonsense. The Sith have a much more practical philosophy. Peace is a lie, there is only passion! Tell me that isn't both a kickass theological tenet and the tagline for a sultry primetime soap opera!
Well you have four and a half years to recruit....
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Originally Posted by catsmate View Post
No.
Not in Ireland anyway, and not in the UK either I believe, they are counted as a separate religion just like any other group with thirty or more adherents. State agencies have no role in determining what is a "real" religion.
Have you checked the actual processing guidelines? I worked on the Australian Census in 2016 and that was the rule - anything that wasn't on a specific list was to be recorded as "none".
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
Have you checked the actual processing guidelines? I worked on the Australian Census in 2016 and that was the rule - anything that wasn't on a specific list was to be recorded as "none".
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In a May 2012 review of the 2011 census, the Dáil Public Accounts Committee asked the Central Statistics Office about the reliability of self-reported answers, instancing people listing Jedi as their religion. The response was "We could probably tell you the number of people who have declared themselves as such, but we don't publish it". The 2016 census results list all religions receiving more than 30 responses, including 2,050 (0.085%) under "Jedi Knight". As of the 2022 census, there are 1,800 Jedi knights, a decrease of 250 since the 2016 census results.[28]

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Have you checked the actual processing guidelines? I worked on the Australian Census in 2016 and that was the rule - anything that wasn't on a specific list was to be recorded as "none".
Yes. Australia is not Ireland.
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Originally Posted by catsmate View Post
Yes. Australia is not Ireland.
I never said it was.
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Originally Posted by catsmate View Post
No.
Not in Ireland anyway, and not in the UK either I believe, they are counted as a separate religion just like any other group with thirty or more adherents. State agencies have no role in determining what is a "real" religion.
Sort of...

https://www.arabianbusiness.com/cult...uk-2021-census
...The latest results show that England and Wales’s Jedi order fell from 176,000 a decade ago to below 1,600, leading to “Jedi Knight” being aggregated into a “No religion” category....
(Strange source for the story - the actual Bloomberg report is behind a paywall.)
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Census data has been released, https://www.irishtimes.com/ireland/2...n-latest-data/


Catholicism is down, especially in Dublin, Islam, Orthodox and Hinduism are up. Nearly as many Sikhs as Jews, more Satanists than Scientologists, Quakers and Hare Krishnas. But more Jedi Knights than the last four combined.
'No Religion' is up 67%.
Given the 700,000 that explicitly state no religion and the further 300,000 plus that didn't answer the question, the irreligious over here are likely north of 20% just on census numbers alone.

And the numbers for catholics is probably an overestimate, given that it's significantly higher than consistent polling data. But that can be attributed to factors such as parents marking their adult children as catholic and the number of people who will mark themselves catholic since they were baptised, even though they openly don't believe
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Originally Posted by catsmate View Post
Yes. Australia is not Ireland.
I can only imagine the accent that would result from a fusion of Australia and Ireland.
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I can only imagine the accent that would result from a fusion of Australia and Ireland.
It's not the accent you need to worry about. It's the fact that they'd be drunken criminals.

Oh, wait, they're both already like that.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
I can only imagine the accent that would result from a fusion of Australia and Ireland.
Interestingly, the Australian accent developed largely due to the mixing of Irish, Scottish and Welsh, since they were among the prominent demographics of Europeans to arrive here.
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Given the 700,000 that explicitly state no religion and the further 300,000 plus that didn't answer the question, the irreligious over here are likely north of 20% just on census numbers alone.

And the numbers for catholics is probably an overestimate, given that it's significantly higher than consistent polling data. But that can be attributed to factors such as parents marking their adult children as catholic and the number of people who will mark themselves catholic since they were baptised, even though they openly don't believe
True.
On a related note a colleague of mine is hoping to have the Sith recognised in '27.

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I can only imagine the accent that would result from a fusion of Australia and Ireland.
Plenty of examples out there......
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In local news former dual GAA Cork star Teddy McCarthy, the only man to win football and hurling All-Irelands in the one year died earlier in the week. I knew the funeral would be big, but I didn't realise it would be absolutely massive until I sat talking with two Inspectors this morning.
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Not that local, but this was a hell of a crash:

Multiple people in hospital after Queensland crash involving truck carrying US Abrams tank

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Six people are in hospital after a fiery multi-vehicle crash involving a truck that was carrying an army tank in central Queensland.

Police set up a large exclusion zone after the collision on the Bruce Highway near Rockhampton on Wednesday morning.

Emergency crews arrived to find three vehicles on fire and four others badly damaged, police said.

The vehicles included a B-double truck, a semi-trailer carrying a military tank, a flatbed truck carrying two caravans, three cars, and a 4WD towing a caravan.
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Bruce Highway partially reopens after multi-vehicle crash involving US tank

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One lane has reopened on the Bruce Highway this morning as investigators piece together the chain of events that led to a fiery multi-vehicle crash involving a US military tank in central Queensland.

The seven-vehicle crash happened near Bajool, south of Rockhampton, yesterday morning.

It involved multiple caravans, a B-double truck and a semi-trailer carrying a US army tank en route to a military exercise.

Three of the vehicles were on fire when police arrived.

Six people were taken to hospital.

Two remain in stable conditions and others have been discharged.

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Inspector Carroll said police were still piecing together the cause of the crash but initial investigations suggest a passenger vehicle failed to stop for an escort vehicle accompanying the semi-trailer carrying the tank, causing a domino effect.

The tank was being transported from Gladstone port to the Shoalwater Bay training area for Exercise Talisman Sabre, a biennial training event involving Australian and US troops.

"That's our initial understanding … our crash investigators are still piecing it together," Inspector Carroll said.

"We were absolutely flabbergasted that no-one was killed out of that crash.

"[That] was the most pleasing thing, because it was an absolute mess."
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This I could have posted in a number of sub-fora but seems to fit nicely here:

Investor who lost $740K to Ontario's Crypto King among 5 men charged with kidnapping him

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A Toronto investor who lost thousands to Ontario's self-proclaimed Crypto King is one of five men facing charges connected to the alleged kidnapping, forcible confinement and assault of Aiden Pleterski last December, CBC Toronto has learned.

CBC Toronto previously reported details of Pleterski's alleged kidnapping based on a report from ongoing bankruptcy proceedings against the 24-year-old. In the bankruptcy, investors have been working for nearly a year to try and track down more than $40 million given to Pleterski to invest in crypto currency and foreign exchange.

Akil Heywood has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping Pleterski and for threatening the administrator overseeing the bankruptcy in an attempt to get $2 million in crypto currency, according to court records.
If I had invested in crypto and lost big, I would want my money back, too. But I did not and prefer to let the police and courts do their work rather than engage in vigilantism.
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This I could have posted in a number of sub-fora but seems to fit nicely here:

Investor who lost $740K to Ontario's Crypto King among 5 men charged with kidnapping him



If I had invested in crypto and lost big, I would want my money back, too. But I did not and prefer to let the police and courts do their work rather than engage in vigilantism.
Do I read that right, and after all that the kidnapper wanted his two million in cryptocurrency? Slow learner!
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The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was told the issue was down to a nearby phone mast that wasn't working, leaving her to rely solely on Wi-Fi networks. She blasted the situation as an "absolute joke"
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Do I read that right, and after all that the kidnapper wanted his two million in cryptocurrency? Slow learner!
I'm not sure he learned that. But he may learn a few other things.
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Our resident transphobic evangelical bigot has lost in court again, faces massive costs bill.
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As a law abiding citizen, I approve this message!

Organized crime not welcome in city: Mayor

(Just don't send them to my town.)
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Newton Aycliffe's Westmorland Way ‘worst for potholes'

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Pictures from the roads that were taken by The Northern Echo show huge dips in the road with patches of tarmac covering some of the bigger potholes.
However, Durham County Council has now said that the road will be getting fixing in this financial year.
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/ne...orst-potholes/
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https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/ne...orst-potholes/
Our local community groups are awash with people complaining about potholes.

It occured to me that roads pretty much decay at the same rate wherever you go.

I'd like to know if people complain everywhere else, not just here and in the NE UK.
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Today's paper had a picture of Pete Buttigieg visiting a site of extreme flood damage. Going to a concert up that way we had booked a night at this hotel for next week. I think plans have changed....

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Our local community groups are awash with people complaining about potholes.

It occured to me that roads pretty much decay at the same rate wherever you go.
I don't think they do-- it depends on the exact material the road is constructed from, the climate conditions, and the volume and nature of the traffic. I live in a city that is notoriously cheap with infrastructure so the major roads that get lots of traffic --particularly big trucks-- are in terrible shape. Cold winters and hot summers don't help. Then when repairs are made, they're done with the cheapest possible materials...which don't last very long at all. We're spending far more on repeated repairs than it would cost to do it right the first time. I think this is a real-world example of Sam Vimes's "Boots Theory of Economics": we spend more on road repairs than a richer city would but we still have crappy streets!
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Originally Posted by Orphia Nay View Post
Our local community groups are awash with people complaining about potholes.

It occured to me that roads pretty much decay at the same rate wherever you go.

I'd like to know if people complain everywhere else, not just here and in the NE UK.
After three years of La Nińa rain, we had potholes out the wazoo. It was a running joke on the local Facebook community group.
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I don't think they do-- it depends on the exact material the road is constructed from, the climate conditions, and the volume and nature of the traffic. I live in a city that is notoriously cheap with infrastructure so the major roads that get lots of traffic --particularly big trucks-- are in terrible shape. Cold winters and hot summers don't help. Then when repairs are made, they're done with the cheapest possible materials...which don't last very long at all. We're spending far more on repeated repairs than it would cost to do it right the first time. I think this is a real-world example of Sam Vimes's "Boots Theory of Economics": we spend more on road repairs than a richer city would but we still have crappy streets!
Sure. But do locals complain about it?
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Sure. But do locals complain about it?
Yeah, but it gets a bit overshadowed by all the shootings.
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Yeah, but it gets a bit overshadowed by all the shootings.
Holy ****.
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Holy ****.
Well, it's a city. These are mostly carjackings and robberies, not splashy mass shootings that make headlines all over.
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Well, it's a city. These are mostly carjackings and robberies, not splashy mass shootings that make headlines all over.
Still scary.

Meanwhile, in Berlin, a lion has been sighted on the loose.
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Originally Posted by Orphia Nay View Post
Still scary.

Meanwhile, in Berlin, a lion has been sighted on the loose.
And in California, a tricksy otter has been stealing surfboards.
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Old 20th July 2023, 08:17 PM   #194
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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
And in California, a tricksy otter has been stealing surfboards.
And a national park has reported thefts of pic-a-nic baskets! The culprit is thought to be either a bear, or a vampire. Fifty tons of garlic and crucifixes are being rushed to the site.
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Originally Posted by TragicMonkey View Post
And a national park has reported thefts of pic-a-nic baskets! The culprit is thought to be either a bear, or a vampire. Fifty tons of garlic and crucifixes are being rushed to the site.
Understandable. I've heard the stories of those pic-a-nic basket thefts, and clearly whotever is doing them, is smarter than the average bear.
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Originally Posted by Orphia Nay View Post
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I'd like to know if people complain everywhere else, not just here and in the NE UK.

Nitpick: Newton Aycliffe is in County Durham, which is part of the north east of England, some considerable distance from the north east of the UK. Please don't fall into that habit of thinking England is synonymous with the United Kingdom.


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Originally Posted by arthwollipot View Post
And in California, a tricksy otter has been stealing surfboards.
Berlin has a rambling lioness....

The worst we've had here is some unusual birds. And the wallabies of course.
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Understandable. I've heard the stories of those pic-a-nic basket thefts, and clearly whotever is doing them, is smarter than the average bear.
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Originally Posted by catsmate View Post
Berlin has a rambling lioness....
Or maybe just a pig

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-66268558
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Originally Posted by jeremyp View Post
Pigs, lions, they're all so similar.

Which may be why everyone was so odd at Easter when I brought the ham.
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